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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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Λ.π. 1201] SUBJECTION OK NORMAND!". How a certain sultan recovered his s'ujht by the agency of this image. It happened at that time that the sultan of Damascus, who had been blind of one eye, was attacked by a disease in tic eye with which ho could see, and became totally blind; and he, hearing of the aforesaid image by which God wrought so many miracles, went to the place; and entered the oratory ; and although he was a pagan, he had faith in the Lord, that, through the image of bis mother, his own health might IK; restored, and falling to the earth, ho. remained prostrate; in prayer; and when he arose from his devotions, he saw the light burning in the lamp which hung before the image of Mary the mother of God, and found to his joy that be bad recovered his sight. He therefore, and all who were with him and saw this, gave glory to God; and because IK; bad first seen the light burning in the lamp, he. made a vow to the Lord, that he, would from that time give annually sixtv measures of oil for the lamps of that oratory, in which he, through tin; merits of the blessed Mary, mother of God, bad recovered his sight. How Xormandy with other transmarine jtosscssions yielded to the rule of the French king. About that time the French king's army which for almost a year had been besieging the castle of the Hock of Andelys, had undermined and knocked down a great part of the Avails. Hut the noble and warlike Roger, constable of Chester, still defended the entrance against tin; French ; but at length his provisions failing him, and being reduced to such want, that no one had a single allowance of food, he preferred to die" in battle to being starved: on which he and his soldiers armed themselves, Hew to horse, and sallied from the castle : but after they bad slain numbers opposed to them, they wore at length taken prisoners, although with much difficulty. Thus the castle of the Hock of Andolys fell into the hands of the French king on the (ith of March, and Roger de Lacy with all his followers were taken to France, where, on account o f the bravery which he had shown in defence of his castle, he wa s detained prisoner on parole. On this all the holders of castles ill the transmarine territories, with the citizens and other .subjects of the king of Fngland, sent messengers to Fughimi to tell him in what a precarious situation they were placed, and


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